2002 events

Bush/Raymond Wedding March

Image The happy couple with the vicar in front of the embassy. This photo (which was added later!) by Auriel Glanville.
Image All lined up for piccies at the embassy.
Image The happy couple at the start of the march
Image The lovely bride!
Image Aha! The bride unmasked. Richard Solly slips into the bridal gown, at the sttart of the march. Thats Lee Raymond=John Repsch doing up the zip.
Image It's Mr Corporate Greed and Mr. Loony Republican Hard Right (alias Gerry Wolfe and John Ackers). For those of you who don't know the Elephant is the symbol of the Republicans (for the Democrats its a mule). Don't ask me why.
Image Mr Corporate Greed holds sway over a 'greenhoused' world.
Image Mr. Corporate Greed laughing about how much money hes got. This photo by Peter Marshall: check out his other wedding march photos
Image It's the bride and bridesmaids: esso tigress (Lucy Wills) and Statue of Taking Liberties (Auriel Glanville). Mr. Loony, in the background there, is quite obviously pissed.
Image It's the samba band in full swing
Image The 'globe-in-a-greenhouse' progresses down The Strand
Image It's the samba band again... looks like it's got warmer!
Image It's the wedding kiss!
Image This is the 'Worst man', Myron Ebell (alias Angus Duchamp): a significant cog in the Exxon-funded lobbying machine.
Image Confetti flies in front of the US embassy. 
Image The hymn: Richard's got the 'congregation' to burst into song.
Image Mr Loony unmasked. Doesn't he look better as pissed pachyderm, though?!
Image This is Sheila (Freeman)! She took the photos (except the ones Peter Marshall took - like this one!).



How Esso is sabotaging the Earth Summit


TImagehe CCC was back at the Central London offices of ExxonMobil on the evening of Thursday 22nd of August, making sure once more that they are not left in peace as long as they continue to be Corporate Enemy Number 1 of the World's Climate. We had our shiny new Display Stand with enough materials for a seminar or two on Exxon's anti-environmental activities while Exxon employees and the passing public, alike, were leafleted with all the info on the latest Exxon exposure. This concerns their attempts to sabotage the Earth Summit in Johannesburg. A leaked letter from 31 'organisations and individuals' to GWB is clearly an attempt to do just that. It says

"We applaud your decision not to attend the summit in person" and

" we...strongly support your opposition to signing the new international environmental treaties or creating new international environmental organizations at the Johannesburg Summit.." and (get this!)

"the least important global environmental issue is potential global warming, and we hope that your negotiators can keep it off the table and out of the spotlight"

So who were these 31 organisations ? Well some of them have been heavily involved in anti-Kyoto activities before and we know that seven of them are funded by ExxonMobil ! So if you thought that last quote looks like its got Exxon's fingerprints all over it you'd be right ! Of course this is typical of the way ExxonMobil works ....paying other people to do their dirty work and then denying blandly that they are trying to influence the US government, or sabotage the world's efforts to safeguard the global environment, in any way at all.


"Redcoats" demo

"Ye Revoltinge Coloniales don't deserve independence while they're wrecking ye planete"

Image The Redcoats at the US embassy ! Left to R : Captain (Sergeant-Major, General, Viscount-Lord-Field-Marshall-of-the-Fleet-and-His-Gracious-Majesty's-Privy-Purse, whatever)Phil Thornhill; Privates Gerry wolfe, George Marshall, John Ackers, Richard Solly. Now they might look like a well-ordered detachment in this photo but I can tell you they were an insubordinate bunch....that Private Ackers was the ringleader. If Captain Thornhill had had any sense he'd certainly have had him strung up, or given 200 lashes, or keelhauled or something nasty like that...
Image The Redcoats marching in....with Climate Message.(Actually George has got the placard the wrong way around..there's a more appropriate'period' message on the other side...ahhh well). Yes, its the Redcoats a la Abbey Road!
Image Gnarly-looking Redcoat (Gerry Wolff) with "Times Headline" that reads in full "Americane Rebels Finally Gone Berserke Destroyinge Ye Planete with ye out-of-controle carbon emissions". This fiersome fighter is obviously a veteran of Blenheim, Culloden Moor, Waterloo, Bunker Hill, Plassey, Quebec etc....etc..
Image The Redcoats open fire! This point of discharge was only reached after a flawlessly perfomed (=utterly shambolic !) drill : "Shoulder you firelocks!", "Prime your firelocks" etc... etc.... Good job that chap in the blue uniform with the strange looking musket didn't return fire!
Image Still the revoltinge coloniales won't surrender. There's only one thing for it! Bring in the artillery! Oh, and a camp-follower (Lucy Wills), too, by the looks of it.
Image Finally the Redcoats have got Uncle Sam cornered! Theyre bringing him to book for his noxious emissions and criminal disregard for international treaties! Plus they just like sticking bayonets into rebels, anyway!
Image Now what happens next in our little performance is that the US marines show up! OK, a US marine (Alex Hill) shows up: here he is, appropriately enough in front of a well known US general (no prize for the correct answer). The US marine, anyway, puts our redcoats to flight. He's got an automatic weapon hasn't he? So its obviously not fair - typical Yanks! It's beginning to look like Yorktown all over again! But all is not lost...........
Image George Washington (Ed Hall) now appears and commands the Marine to surrender. "If I'd known that the United American states would end up by destroying the planet with their out-of-control carbon emissions, I'd never have started my rebellion in the first place. Now I see the impudent folly of rebelling aginst king & country ...etc...etc..." And as you can see Uncle Sam gets taken in hand, after all. Our camp follower's got a WPC hat on there.
Image Here's that camp-follower again! Flanked by 'George Washington' on the right and Private Solly on the left.

And here's some Redcoats relaxing at a nearby coffee-house after the battle. Naturally all the rebels had been strung up by now... what else could they expect for their crimes against the planet???

To read the "Royal Declaratione of Reincorporatione" click here.



Long march for the climate one year after Bush dumped Kyoto

We march 20 miles from the ExxonMobil ('Esso') UK HQ in Leatherhead to the US embassy, central London, to mark the first anniversary of Bush dumping Kyoto. Larger numbers gather at the Mary Harmsworth Park (outside the Imperial War Museum, Lambeth) for the final 'leg' through central London to the US embassy.

Image Early start, 6.30 am at the ExxonMobil HQ, just outside Leatherhead. Some of us had spent the night at the beautifully situated Tanners Hatch Youth Hostel but we didnt have much time to admire the surrounding woodlands as we hurried off to Exxon HQ for that 7.00 pm start to our 20 mile March.
Image Displaying the message outside Esso's UK HQ. But we spent so long doing these photo-calls, radio interview etc.. we started the march behind schedule: a fiersome pace was needed to make up time!
Image 3 Uncle Sams ! We were dressed up as 'Uncle Sams' and 'Esso Tigers' to ram home the message that the US government - at least on Climate matters- was effectively run by ExxonMobil and the oil/fossil fuel lobby. So it was Uncle Sam hand-in-hand with the Esso Tiger ! These Uncle Sams are, L to R, Phil Thornhill, Bob Bromley, John Clarke.
Image And here's one of the Tigers (Adrian Barnett) ! Another was the bright orange one in the first picture (Gerry Wolfe). And on the tricycle - our invaluable back up vehicle, with added Tiggas - is "Buffalo Bill" who cycled the thing all the way down from town the night before. Anyone whos cycled 1 of these things will know why he felt just a little pooped by the time he got to Leatherhead.
Image Here's a contingent from the Surrey Green Party: watch out ExxonMobil we're gunning for you!
Image Here we are, on the road! Goddarned pedestrians with mobile phones don'tya hate 'em. Bet that Uncle Sam isn't looking where hes going! Looks like Debbie Birchall with the placard on the left.
Image Things got pretty strung out after a while. People will dawdle so ! Come on at the back ! No shilly-shallying ! Thats Tony Cooper - of the Surrey Greens and 'Global Commons Institute' - with the orange flag/banner.
Image Its a pit-stop - OK, loo-stop - at Ewell village. What a cheerful bunch ! That bright orange tiger with the umbrella is Gerry Wolfe; seated left of Uncle Sam on his left is Lewis Read, while standing behind is John Ackers. 
Image There was a half-way stop at Wimbledon : with some haranging of passers by with the megaphone, some photo-calls like this one and some relaxing in a Wimbledon cafe. This was also a place for more people to join us as they had been doing from Epsom onwards. Then we all hit the road again.....
Image Finally around 4.00pm we made it to the Mary Harmsworth Park (outside the Imperial War Museum, Lambeth) where a cheering crowd awaited! Hurrah! Plus there was our globe-in-a-greenhouse, campaign banner, balloons, placards, bed-on-wheels (!!) etc....all set up by Vince Stops, Mike Roberts, members of Southwark FOE and others...... This was where the full-scale march would start from.
Image Heres one tired Uncle Sam taking a well-earned rest....was'nt that nice of someone to supply him with a bed?
Image OK, this is what the bed was really for ! We'd decided to show GWB "in bed with" the Esso Tiger(ess).....demonstrating the fact that the Bush administration effectively took its orders from ExxonMobil and the fossil fuel lobby for its Kyoto/climate policy. So heres Dubya (RichardSolly) 'in bed with' the Esso Tigress (Lucy Wills).
Image And here we are dragging the bed all the way through the streets of London, from Lambeth to the US embassy.....thats Lewis Read (with placard) out in front, as he was for a lot of the way on the 20 miles from the Exxon HQ. Meanwhile dragging the bed is Shaun Nixon of WYOCC..out for the day from Bristol. 
Image Here we are marching through Westminster. Theres that big yellow banner again.....thanks to Ealing Friends of the Earth for supplying that !
Image And here's the yellow banner 'in situ', having reached the US embassy. We've all been coralled behind those barriers to keep us in control(!) 
Image And heres that other banner out for display again!
Image It's Bush and the Esso Tigress again!
Image Time for speeches. This is Kate Hampton, Friends of the Earth International Climate Person who rang up Exxon HQ in the US so we could all boo down her phone at them !
 Darren Johnson Green Party GLA member, Murad Qureshi, Westminster councillor and representative of the Bangladeshi community, and Cindy Baxter from 'StopEsso', all spoke, too.
 Image By the end it was getting rather dark! It had been a long day....especially for those of us who'd marched all the way from Leatherhead!